Ink Made From Living Algae Powers the World's First Chia Pet Pen

Some of the best inventions actually started out as accidents, and such is the case with the world’s first “Chia Pet” pen. Its creators were trying to create an eco-friendly alternative to printer ink using algae, but ended up creating invisible ink that magically appears after a few days exposure to sunlight. »Yesterday 10:00am11/30/15 10:00am

Wooden Block Transformers Are Baby’s First Optimus Prime

Plastic injection molding might be a modern manufacturing marvel, but there’s still an undeniable appeal to good old lumber. So if you’re looking to introduce a little one to the joy of transforming robots, these wooden WooBots are a gorgeous alternative to mass-produced plastic. »11/24/15 10:30am11/24/15 10:30am

There's Finally an Adult Version of that Rideable Trunki Suitcase

If you don’t have kids, you’re probably not familiar with the Trunki, a wildly popular ride-on suitcase for kids. If you are familiar with it, you’ve probably been incredibly jealous of seeing kids zooming through airports on one. But be jealous no more, because an adult version is finally here. »11/16/15 7:15pm11/16/15 7:15pm

You Can Finally Buy That Beautiful Handheld Wooden Video Game Emulator

A few months ago designer Love Hultén had us all lusting over his portable wooden gaming console called the Pixel Vision that reminded us of the folding Game Boy Advance SP. And in response to all of the positive and envious feedback he got, he’s decided to put it into production and sell it via Kickstarter. »11/13/15 11:55am11/13/15 11:55am

There's Finally Battle-Safe Foam Lightsabers That Actually Glow

In the world of Star Wars make-believe you usually have two choices: you can go with a realistic plastic glowing lightsaber, and never actually make contact with your opponent, or opt for safer foam, and battle it out without the glow. A new Kickstarter, however, promises the the best of both worlds. »11/06/15 11:20am11/06/15 11:20am

Connect These Modular Marble Mazes To Make One Giant Desktop Distraction

Toys are meant to be touched and played with, but there’s one toy that kids (and grownups) are happy to just stare at for hours on end: marble mazes. But Marbleocity’s laser-cut wooden marble runs aren’t completely hands-off; they arrive ‘all assembly required’, making them even more fun. »10/25/15 7:00pm10/25/15 7:00pm

You Can Quickly Recharge This Backup Battery Using Your MacBook's Charger

Portable chargers have become as ubiquitous a smartphone accessory as cases, and rarely do they include any genuine innovation anymore—but the Quarter does. It’s the first backup battery that can be charged using your MacBook’s power adapter, giving you enough juice to revive a dead iPhone in just 15 minutes. »10/22/15 11:00am10/22/15 11:00am

You Won't Immediately Toss Christmas Cards That Magically Stick To Any Surface (Update)

There’s a good chance that all those Christmas cards you’re getting ready to mail out will end up in the trash shortly after being delivered. But the novelty of a holiday card that magically sticks to any flat surface—without glue or tape—is sure to save your good tidings from a garbage bin fate. »10/20/15 9:00am10/20/15 9:00am

A Nixie-Powered Wall Clock Is the Ultimate Hipster Timepiece

Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analog clock. »9/02/15 3:00am9/02/15 3:00am